Science & Technology in Africa


  • African Elephants
    • African Elephant Coalition (Nairobi, Kenya)
      "...a consortium of 32 member countries interested in making sure that there is a healthy and viable elephant population free of threats from international ivory trade and with a vision and plan that will encompass National and Regional strategies."
      --See: Publications
    • African Elephant Specialist Group (International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland ; Nairobi, Kenya)
      "This site provides technical resources for elephant conservation and management, developed by the AfESG and partner organizations." --See especially: African Elephant Database (2015)
      "(AED) provides the most complete source of information on the numbers and distribution of the African elephant at the site, national, regional and continental levels."
      -- African elephant status report 2016. -- Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, The World Conservation Union, 2016. PDF format
    • African Parks -- Newsroom (Johannesburg, South Africa)
      "With the largest counter-poaching force in Africa, over 600 rangers are on staff, and the most amount of area under protection for any one NGO in Africa, African Parks manages 10 national parks and protected areas in seven countries covering six million hectares: Malawi, Zambia, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Chad."
    • Elephants Without Borders --- Scientific Publications (Kasane, Botswana; Buffalo, New York, USA)
      "EWB operates its’ projects and activities in the southern Africa region of the contiguous wildlife populations range between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the official endorsement and full support of government authorities...We use state-of-the-art technology, to monitor the movements, status and behavior of wildlife, addressing complex issues regarding wildlife ecology through research studies and sharing the results with decision makers and local communities."
    • Friends of Hwange Trust (Zimbabwe)
      "...formed on the back of the extreme drought of 2005 that severely affected Hwange National Park... Aims: To ensure that FOH does every thing in its power to prevent animal deaths owing to lack of water; to assist National Parks in carrying out their duties in terms of deployment of rangers on anti-poaching patrols; to maintain roads and fireguards in the park; to work towards a situation where there are sufficient well-distributed waterholes in Hwange National Park that pump water through eco-friendly, cost-effective means; and, to expand our efforts in conservation issues such as anti-poaching, animal rescue and research."
    • Great Elephant Census (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle, Washington, USA)
      "The Great Elephant Census is designed to provide accurate and up-to-date data about the number and distribution of African elephants by using standardized aerial surveys of tens of hundreds of thousands of square miles. Dozens of researchers flying in small planes will capture comprehensive observational data of elephants and elephant carcasses."
      --Final report: "Continent-wide survey reveals massive decline in African savannah elephants." PeerJ  August 31, 2016
    • Save the Elephants --- Projects (Nairobi, Kenya)
      "[A UK registered charity, headquartered in Nairobi] to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/WCN Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation.
      --See especially: Research Publications
  • African Indigenous Science and Knowledge Systems (2013) (Dr. Gloria Emeagwali, Department of History, Central Connecticut State University)
    An outline of links to other sites (including selected books available from Amazon.Com) and brief historical summaries on African history, science, and technology.
  • African Plant Database (Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Switzerland; South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, South Africa)
    A searchable database of statistics, standards of names, distribution maps of plants on the African continent, and information about publications and links to organizational websites.
  • African Technology Forum Excerpts from Sample Issues and Related Links. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
    This site includes electronic versions of "feature articles" from selected back issues of ATF's journal (suspended in 2004), "Forum"; selected articles from other journals & conference presentations; plus related web links. "African Technology Forum is the premier source of information on science and technology in Africa. We provide practical information to corporations, individuals and institutions in the US, Africa and the rest of the world."
  • AllAfrica.Com--Business (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
    Current and recent news from all over the African continent on business news. The principal sources of news reporting are African newspapers and news services, and UN agencies. Warning: the searchable archive for articles older than 30 days is only available through subscription.
  • All Africa Foundation: "Sustainable Africa" Internet Channel (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
    • A portal site for news stories and public domain documents relating to "sustainable development" issues in Africa: environment, trade, debt, population, water, climate change, forests, agriculture, etc.
    • Directory of organizations (International, regional, national, and community-based)
  • Bioline International Publications: Abstracts, Full Texts for Selected Journals, and Subscriptions (Centro Referência Informação Ambiental, Brazil; Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, UK.)
  • BirdLife International on African Birds (Cambridge, UK)
    "Almost 10% of the bird species in Africa are globally threatened. BirdLife International works to secure a future for birds and people across Africa through the BirdLife Africa Programme. Most of BirdLife’s work entails the identification and conservation of threatened species and IBA sites; and the development of appropriate policies and advocacy plans related to global processes and conventions for priority habitats and ecosystems."
  • Birds of Africa on the Internet (Karen Fung, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California)
  • Climate and Environment in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • e-Learning Africa: International Conference on ICT for Development, Education, and Training (via Berlin, Germany)
  • African Elephants (See above)
  • Energy in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • FrogMAP -- The Atlas of African Frogs (2013) (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
    A joint project of the Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, and...: "...a citizen science project which aims to determine the distribution and conservation priorities of Amphibians on the African continent."
    --See also: Herpetological Association of Africa below
  • Health Information and Health Organizations on Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications: African Journals On-Line (Oxford, UK)
    A tables-of-contents service, with an option for full text services through paid subscription. There is also a photocopy or document delivery service for individual journal articles of some titles. The following journals are covered: Afrique et développement=Africa Development; African Crop Science Journal; African Journal of Political Science; Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia; CODESRIA Bulletin, Discovery and Innovation; Ghana Journal of Agricultural Sciences; Insect Science and its Applications; SINET:Ethiopian Journal of Science; and, Zimbabwe Veterinary Journal; and others.
  • The Internet in Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • African Mammals Databank (Gisbau, Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy)
    "...The data bank covers the whole African continent excluding Madagascar, and includes a total of 281 species, belonging to 12 orders and 28 families. The two species of rhinos (Diceros bicornis and Ceratotherium simum) were excluded because data on the last few areas in which they are found are being kept from the public and we did not want to interfere with this important decision; the elephant (Loxodonta africana) was also excluded..."
  • Maps of Africa (via Columbia University Libraries)
  • SciDev Net--Science and Development Network on Sub-Saharan Africa  (Oxfordshire, UK)
    A "news and views" portal site--in English, French, Arabic--about science, technology and the developing world.
    --See also: Middle East and North Africa (in Arabic)
  • Scientific Societies and Institutions in and on Africa
    See also: Scholarly Associations and Other Directories (General), via Columbia University Libraries.
  • SANBI--South African Biodiversity Institute (Silverton and Cape Town, South Africa)
    "The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with stakeholders."
    --See especially: Resources: documents, atlases, databases, and links to libraries and other organizations.
  • The Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa (South African Astronomical Observatory, Foundation for Research Development, Cape Town, South Africa)
    • "[Since September 1996] The Working Group seeks to promote the development of the space sciences in Africa by initiating and coordinating various capacity-building programmes throughout the region. These programmes fall into a broad spectrum ranging from the promotion of basic scientific literacy in the space sciences to the support of international research projects."
    • WGSSA Home Page
    • African Skies. (Online) -- Cape Town, South Africa: Working Group on Space Sciences in Africa; via South African Astronomical Observatory, 1997- [ISSN 1027-8389]

Scientific Societies & Institutions